Sunday, September 24, 2006

Book #37 - Sleep, Pale Sister

by Joanne Harris

3rd book finished for the R.I.P. Autumn Challenge

My Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)

It was fun to finally read one of her earlier books, before the French gluttony of Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, and Five Quarters of the Orange, especially since it was an English gothic story inspired by such classics as Collins' The Woman in White. The atmosphere made it a great autumn read, and although she lost me a bit near the end, it was a moody, ghost story that kept me reading. I'm glad it was resurrected from out-of-print purgatory, and her comments about the reprinting in the foreward suit the story perfectly: "My book was not dead, after all; only sleeping." I haven't read any of her more recent books, since the "food trilogy" mentioned above, but I've already got a couple here so it's only a matter of time.


  1. I've never even heard of this one, Nat! I loved Chocolate, but couldn't get into Blackberry Wine. Five Quarters of the Orange lurks on one of my shelves.

  2. Good! Reading is always good. Hope you find some other great books. I´m reading Nietzche. You should try. Byes.

  3. Sleep, Pale Sister and Chocolate are my favorites. I also couldn't get very far into Blackberry Wine but it could have been a right book, wrong time. I'm definitely planning to read some of her other books though.

  4. Les, it was published before Chocolat, which is the book she became known for, and had gone out of print. After numerous requests though they finally reprinted it in 2004 I believe it was. She has one more old book that is out-of-print but she says she prefers it to stay there.

    Lone Wolf, I've never read Nietzsche. I'm not sure I'm up to any philosophy at the moment. But you never know, maybe someday.

    Iliana, I also didn't like Blackberry Wine as much as Chocolat and Five Quarters of the Orange. Five Quarters is a bit darker but that never bothers me.

  5. That looks like a good one. I'll add it to my list. I haven't read Chocolat but must confess a deep and abiding love for the film.

  6. Carl, I also like the film, Chocolat, but of course Johnny Depp as a gypsy! Mmmm! :)

  7. I have never read this author before. I should one of these days...


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